NEW YORK (AP) — An aging mobster who stayed mostly in the shadows for decades by adhering to the Mafia's strict code of silence was acquitted Thursday of charges he helped plan a legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the hit film "Goodfellas."
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An Atlanta-area sheriff who has long been a magnet for controversy was indicted Thursday on a reckless conduct charge after he shot and critically wounded a woman in what he described as an accident.
Vincent Asaro, whose arrest more than 35 years later had supposedly closed one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in the United States, was cleared of murder, extortion and other crimes by a jury in Brooklyn federal court. The verdict is a surprising rebuke to prosecutors in what may be one of the last major Mafia trials stemming from organized crime's heyday in New York decades ago. Prosecutors said Asaro waited in a decoy car with another gangster, Jimmy Burke, about a mile from John F. Kennedy International Airport on Dec. 7, 1978, as a group of masked men stole $6 million in cash and jewels from a Lufthansa Airlines cargo building.
A 19-year-old white Missouri man charged with making terrorist threats on social media to shoot black students at the University of Missouri campus was denied bond on Thursday, and court documents said he expressed a "deep interest" in a recent Oregon school massacre. Hunter M. Park, of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, appeared in Boone County Circuit Court days after two of the school's top administrators resigned after protests over their handling of racial incidents at the main Columbia campus.